Presentation of the Manifesta Journal Reader
The Manifesta Journal Reader is a book that compiles 28 articles selected from the previous 17 issues of the Manifesta Journal, one of the first international professional publications on contemporary curatorship. Initiated by Manifesta Foundation, Amsterdam, this extraordinary publication has been translated into Russian and published as a collaboration between the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg University, Manifesta Foundation and Calvert 22 Foundation.
The Manifesta Journal Reader will provide a solid theoretical body of articles to reconsider the meanings and the effects of curatorial practices today focusing in the first part on the theoretical foundations of curating and formulating a grammar and manual of contemporary curatorship in order to move in the second part on to urgent (geo)political, humanistic, instigating and controversial potentialities.
The selection of the articles reflects the evolution of the professional figure of the curator and curating since 2003, when the Manifesta Journal was founded with the subtitle "Journal of Contemporary Curatorship" to nowadays, shifting the focus "Around Curatorial Practices."
It is envisioned that The Manifesta Journal Reader functions as a comprehensive textbook for future Russian curators, comprised of a wide-reaching sequence of both theoretical and pragmatic articles on contemporary artistic and curatorial practices written by outstanding international curators and intellectuals, including Russian thinkers such as Viktor Mazin and Viktor Misiano but also international thinkers like Mary Anne Staniszewski, Carlos Basualdo, Rasha Salti, Cuauhtemoc Medina, John Akomfrah or Fatima El-Tayed.